Physical activity preferences of early-stage lung cancer survivors
- Errol J. PhilipAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Email author
- , Elliot J. CoupsAffiliated withThe Cancer Institute of New Jersey, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- , Marc B. FeinsteinAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- , Bernard J. ParkAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center
- , Donna J. WilsonAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- , Jamie S. OstroffAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
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Engagement in physical activity can provide important benefits for cancer patients and survivors, including those diagnosed with lung cancer. Despite this, many survivors do not engage in recommended levels of physical activity and little is known about the obstacles encountered by lung cancer survivors. The current study examines the physical activity preferences of early-stage lung cancer survivors.
As part of a larger survey study, 175 non-small cell lung cancer survivors who were on average 3.6 years from surgical treatment responded to questions regarding their preferences for physical activity and physical activity advice. Demographic and medical characteristics were also collected.
The majority of respondents (62 %) reported a desire to receive advice regarding physical activity, predominantly before treatment (68 %), in face-to-face interactions (95 %) with a physician (80 %), and within the context of a cancer care center (92 %). Approximately half of participants indicated they would be interested in an exercise program tailored to lung cancer survivors and most individuals (73 %) reported feeling capable of engaging in an exercise program. Differences in physical activity preferences emerged based on demographic and disease characteristics.
The majority of participants reported a desire for physical activity advice and a willingness to engage in physical activity. Important differences were found based on demographic and medical characteristics, which may warrant consideration in the development and dissemination of physical activity interventions for this cancer survivor population.
KeywordsLung cancer Physical activity preferences Survivorship
- Physical activity preferences of early-stage lung cancer survivors
Supportive Care in Cancer
Volume 22, Issue 2 , pp 495-502
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- 1. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 641 Lexington Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10022, USA
- 2. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
- 3. Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
- 4. Department of Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ, USA